Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Knob, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3333 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so car should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

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If you know how to pace yourself you can do it as a beginner. It is uphill the entire time. This trail is not great for senior dogs.

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6 days ago

A rainy spring + enough sunshine = LOTS of mud (!), but an EPIC blueberry year! Come get 'em while they last!

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12 days ago

very hard for me an out of shape beginner. took 4hrs up and 2 hrs down from pilot knob. took 3 days to recover. If you've never hiked before pick an easier Mt hiking poles are a must and plenty of water and snacks. My knees and legs were so sore. anyway I took on the challenge and slammed it! success

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13 days ago

Officially one of my new favorite hikes! Challenging but a ton of fun. My dog had a blast and the view of Lake George is phenomenal. Better to go early to avoid the crowd.

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16 days ago

This was definitely a tough hike for a beginner level, but from Pilot Knob trailhead I think it is only about 2000 elevation gain and a little over 6 miles. Also, many people get tricked by a false summit that is very near the actual summit, so keep going!

Tips: bring plenty of water, don't get tricked by the false summit.

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